How 2019 NFL Draft would have changed with NBA Draft Lottery format

How 2019 NFL Draft would have changed with NBA Draft Lottery format

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery should have stolen TNT's slogan on the spot. That night knew drama. 

Knicks felt heartbreak. The Pelicans won the Zion Williamson sweepstakes. And everyone started tweeting their own conspiracy theories the closer the Lakers moved to the top pick. 

Now, the NFL draft wants in on the fun. 

This was the first year with new rules for the NBA draft lottery. To help prevent tanking, the teams with the three worst regular-season records had a 14 percent chance at the No. 1 pick. In the NFL, simply the team with the worst record receives the top pick in the draft. 

If the NFL had a draft lottery, the order in which teams picked would have been much different if it followed the same pattern as this year's NBA lottery. 

In this case, the 49ers would have moved down three spots from No. 2 to No. 5, and the Raiders from No. 4 to No. 7. San Francisco would have said goodbye to defensive end Nick Bosa, though Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell likely would have still been available

For the sake of this exercise, let's assign the 49ers and Raiders the players that were selected in their respective slots in this year's draft. The 49ers would then receive linebacker Devin White, while edge rusher Josh Allen would go to the Raiders. 

White wouldn't exactly fit the 49ers after their signing of free-agent linebacker Kwon Alexander. But perhaps with his 4.42 speed in the 40-yard dash, White could have formed a positionless trio of himself, Alexander and Fred Warner at linebacker. 

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Allen, however, makes a ton of sense for the Raiders. Plenty of pundits expected the Silver and Black to select the former Kentucky star, who figured to be a big help to Oakland's pass-rushing issues. Instead, they opted for Ferrell. 

Sports are the greatest drama that never sleeps. I, for one, am here for an NFL Draft Lottery.

Watch ex-49ers assistant Keanon Lowe disarm gunman at Portland school


Watch ex-49ers assistant Keanon Lowe disarm gunman at Portland school

It's a video that has gone viral of a moment an Oregon coach disarmed a student who entered a school possessing a firearm.

Keanon Lowe, a former 49ers assistant coach, now serves as the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. He's also a hero after preventing a shooting when he embraced a gunman and caused them to surrender his weapon:

The gunman walked into one of the buildings at the school with a shotgun hidden under a jacket he was carrying in his arms on May 17.

“I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him," Lowe told reporters. "I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living.”

Lowe is also a former standout star wide receiver at the University of Oregon. 

“The universe works in amazing ways," Lowe added. "I’m lucky and I’m happy that I was in that classroom for all those kids and I was able to prevent that tragedy."

Nobody was injured in the events.

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How 49ers' George Kittle went from 'scrawny' receiver to elite tight end

How 49ers' George Kittle went from 'scrawny' receiver to elite tight end

George Kittle wasn’t always the hulking, 250-pound tight end that set the NFL single-season receiving mark for a the position in just his second NFL season.

When he showed up at the University of Iowa, Kittle was a 6-foot-2, 185-pound high school wide receiver with a strong work ethic. 

It was in Iowa City that Kittle’s body underwent a dramatic transformation.

"If you look at any of his high school photos, it will blow your mind," Kittle's mom Jan said.

"He was scrawny when he came to Iowa,” Kittle’s wife Claire said. “But I think that's kind of just how a lot of people are. So they grow into their body and they become the man that they're supposed to be.”

“He certainly embraced our program, he worked very hard,” Iowa Strength and Conditioning coach Chris Doyle told NBC Sports Bay Area. “Had to change his eating habits and change his lifestyle from that regard to kind of grow into just the process of becoming a Division I football player.”

In addition to growing several inches during his time with the Hawkeyes, Kittle put on a whopping 35 pounds during his college career.

“It's overwhelming every single time I see him,” Emma Kittle, George’s older sister, said. “Because he’s still George, and like my little brother. But like physically, he is a man.”

He certainly plays like a man on the field, as the 26-year-old has blossomed into one of the NFL’s top tight ends, even earning a second-team All-Pro designation after his breakout 2018 season.

The Kittle family certainly is not short on impressive athletes, as his father Bruce was also a tight end at Iowa and sister Emma was a Division I volleyball player at Iowa and Oklahoma. His mother Jan lettered in both basketball and softball at Drake University.

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While puberty may have set in a little later than most for George, his dedication to his craft has manifested itself as he now stands as the No. 1 receiving option on an undefeated 49ers team.

“I've witnessed everything that he's done so far and like all the hard work,” Emma said. “And so to see him succeeding at this level is like, he was born to do this. He was born to have the spotlight on him. He was born to have this type of pressure, like to carry people to work this hard.”